Wichita State's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in chemistry is available for both bachelor's and master's degree holders looking to maximize their career and research potential—leading to leadership roles in academia, industry and government.

Learn how Chemistry is the right fit for you.

Student measuring in the lab.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Admission into the program requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree in chemistry
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (both overall and in chemistry)
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic background
  • A one-page typed statement of goals and research interests
  • Submission of test scores from the general GRE exam

For additional admission details, click on the link below.

Inside the Program

Chemistry students participate in cancer research

As a chemistry student, you have the opportunity to work with faculty who are on the cutting edge of research.

Moriah Beck, assistant professor of chemistry at Wichita State, focuses much of her research on how cancer spreads.

In her lab, which includes nine undergraduate and graduate students, she researches the human protein called palladin, a key regulator of our cells' most abundant protein actin.


The Ph.D. normally requires three-to-five years of advanced study, with a major focus on research. Ph.D. candidates complete an original body of research to support a scientific thesis which they must defend before obtaining their degree.

All Ph.D. students are required to take 24 credit hours of graduate chemistry courses comprised of core studies and focused courses.

To complete the program, students must also pass a series of assessment and cumulative exams.


A Ph.D. in chemistry from Wichita State opens doors with employers in many fields—from chemical manufacturing and health care to government, academic teaching and research.